Detroit Tigers (58-46) vs Chicago White Sox (52-56) – 1:08 p.m. ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 75 degrees, clear
When We Last Met
Max Scherzer was strong and the Tigers’ bats finally got in gear–somewhat in the Tigers’ 7-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday. Detroit scored six times in the first inning, topped off by a Nick Castellanos three-run homer, but tallied just one more the rest of the game. Nonetheless they accomplished their goal of winning the game and snapping a four-game losing streak.
Drew Smyly (6-9, 3.77) has turned in a couple of really nice outings recently, but was the hard luck loser in his last start. Smyly was stuck in the middle of an offensive power outage for the Tigers and though he only allowed a pair of runs on four hits, came up on the losing end of a 2-1 game last Friday. This was also the case on April 23 against the White Sox as Drew allowed two runs on six hits in six innings but received a no-decision in the Tigers’ 6-4 loss.
John Danks (9-6, 4.40) was the subject of Chicago White Sox trade rumors, but will get the start this afternoon against the Tigers. With the deadline at 4 p.m. this afternoon, it seems unlikely that Danks is going anywhere. Although never say never. If a deal does come through, he will be removed from the game. The Tigers may actually be rooting for this to happen (unless it is to another AL rival) because Danks has been very good against them this season, allowing three runs over two starts, both wins. In his last outing he recovered nicely from surrendering seven runs in a previous start by going seven innings and picking up the win over Minnesota despite allowing four runs.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
Suarez returns to the lineup after missing 1 1/2 games with a sore back.
- Austin Jackson-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Torii Hunter-RF
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Alex Avila-C
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Eugenio Suarez — Day-to-Day
- Pat McCoy — 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks – Out indefinitely
- Joel Hanrahan – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – Out for season
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season